Would you rather...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by generic, Oct 13, 2013.

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  1. Go on a 3 day trip and get skunked?

    18.6%
  2. Fish 14 hrs, hook an obvious state record, and lose it - no eye wittness or video/pic

    81.4%
  1. NW_flyfisher

    NW_flyfisher if it's not this, then what?

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    lose the fish,, much better than ever getting skunked..but not lose the fly as well
     
  2. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    I have done both. EXCEPT that part about the State record and catching a fish.....
     
  3. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    Wow I did not know you were such a stud!!!
    jesse
     
  4. Salmo_g

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    My post was just a bit sarcastic. Along the lines of, "love interests come and go, but a big fish, by golly, that's a once in a lifetime opportunity there. Don't want to miss out on that!" Also along the lines of a big fish is not a life and death matter. No, it's much more important than that.

    Personally, the two choices don't matter much to me. I can and do get skunked on 3-day steelhead outings and gladly go again knowing that same result is possible. I have no interest in state record fish beyond an academic interest in fish species. The fish I hook can't help it however large or small they are, and I like them for what they are. I'm competitive at competitive sports. Fishing is not competitive to me. And I like that arrangement.

    Sg
     
  5. generic

    generic Active Member

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    Apparently... not "studly" enough! :p By the way, most of those games were as a kid or teenager anyway.

    Probably like everyone else here, I have a few different "fish of my life" catches, but have videos or pics to remember them by. The part that would "bug" me, is losing one of those fish without any reminder. My memory is fading... :eek:

    Every once in a while I re-watch some of my old videos and get a pleasant "surprise", of seeing fish that I've caught... that I don't remember catching until the video reminds me.
     
  6. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    While I do not have pictures of fish that I have caught, it really doesn't matter to me. I have a picture in my head. Several of which haunt me.

    I have a recurring thought of the old washed out Dry Falls plant, that had several holes in his lips from being caught, but still managed to drag me around in my float tube. It was either the stupidest fish in the lake or the most unlucky.

    Speaking of pictures of fish, I sometimes cringe at the pictures of some folks and their fish handling capabilites, captured on film.

    I suspect that FISH MORTALITY grows some, by their actions.
     
  7. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    If "pics or it didn't happen" meant anything to me, then I guess I just haven't lived. I have and take very few pictures. So I have no photos of my largest steelhead, largest SRC, largest chinook or coho salmon, or largest anything. From time to time friends remind me in conversation of fish I caught that I'd forgotten about. That's fine by me. My life isn't about the fish that I've caught. Life is about the fish I will catch next.

    Sg
     
  8. generic

    generic Active Member

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    Especially on fishing shows!

    They pic up the fish, hold it in front of the camera (okay if done rather quickly), put it back into the net (most of the time in very shallow water where the gill plates don't get fully submerged), talk for a few minutes more, then...then... they pick the fish up again just to take it out of the net!!! Why can't they just roll the net and let the fish swim off on it's own when it's ready?! Why do they have to pick it up, again, to take it out of the net?! UGH!

    Another advantage of a video camera. It's hands free.
     
  9. generic

    generic Active Member

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    That's so true.

    I bought a camera a couple years ago (point and shoot), used it on two or three trips, what a joke.

    Nice thing about a headcam (other than hands free), is that you get to relive the aerials and such, not to mention the "bloopers". Sometimes the bloopers are the best ones. Ever seen a guy try and single-hand-land a 12 lb steelie in the middle of the river? <- Don't ask me why, I don't have a good reason other than I was lazy. Or watch a steelie zip right between your legs, from a running start at 40 ft out?

    Some of the other things a headcam helps with is, it reminds you exactly what the weather was, river flows, wind, exactly what retrieve was working, etc.

    I've never posted any of my videos on here, YouTube, or email. In fact, my best bud has only seen two of them (on my computer) and I show my kids. Someday after I'm dead and gone, they will show their kids.
     
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    Olive bugger Active Member

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    I have a camera but I have yet to use it on fish.
    I really do not have any knowledge of how to post pictures so what
    difference does it make?
     
  11. Cuttbow82

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    I was fishing the Yakima about 10 years ago with a guide and hooked what he said was one of the biggest rainbows he has ever seen in the canyon. It hit a stonefly dry pattern behind a boulder. It jumped once and threw the fly. We both just sat there for about 5 minutes before saying anything to each other. Heartbreaking to lose, but I'm glad I hooked it.
     
  12. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Ok, that depends, will the three days be kid free? If so then I'll take the three days and as others have said, what comes with it.

    Another thought, since there were no witnesses one of course would never be believed so I could always take the three day trip say the batteries died in the phone/camera and then say I not only hooked the state record, but I also landed it. We are fibbers by nature anyway right? I mean Nick and I must have landed 40 fish each on dries at Lone on Saturday in a calm hour at dusk. All of them over 20" with two in the 30" range.
     
  13. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I have several digital cameras. I always take one with me and have it on my person. But I always want to get the fish back in the water so I forget to take pictures of what I catch.
     
  14. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Valid point. I get irked by the obsessive need for hero shots with every steelhead caught. Pretty sure ill never forget the memorable ones
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    When I gear fished I caught a 12 lb. Steelhead out of Pilchuck River, below OK road bridge. I had one of those throw away cameras and took a picture of it. Needless to say the throw a way camera got thrown away. No more picture.

    I don't really need to take pictures of fish. They are burned into my brain. That way I can look at then whenever I feel like it.